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Looking back, Looking Forward – 2010 in pictures

Celebrating 2010

With all the drama of planning a year away with the family, I almost forgot to look back at 2010! And that would’ve been a shame because while the year ahead has us filled with excitement, anticipation and stress, looking at  pictures of family travel in 2010 makes me laugh and smile and daydream. One of my goals here at Globetrotting Mama is to encourage you to get out there and see the world – with your own family when you can and through mine when you can’t. This time of year gives us all the  rare opportunity to pause from planning “what’s next” and to focus instead on all that we’ve already experienced and take the time to appreciate it. I’m grateful that my 2010 has included readers like you. Thank you for your support this year and all the best for 2011. Here are a few personal highlights from 2010.

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The Best Family Travel Souvenirs

Peru Mom

The temptation to pick up a trinket every time you leave home is strong. The “what-didja-bring-mes” that used to greet me as soon as I walked through the door are a testament to years of me doing exactly that. Then I stopped and started focusing on memories instead. Sometimes the memories live in a tangible object. There’s the mask we bought from the carver after asking our guide to take us up into a less touristy part of Thailand, the hats we paid too much for in Peru because we saw the babies the money would help to feed and the schoolchildren who would read because of it. There’s the 2 x 3 framed carving I brought back from south Africa in the days when carry-on sizes were unlimited (ah the good ol’ days). I saw it and knew I had to have it because the child on the dad’s shoulders in the carving so reminded me of my husband and son doing the same back at home. Each one of those items was purchased because they held meaning for me at a particular moment in my life. They still do. When I walk through my home I relive those…

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Here’s to not “roughing it”

The Great OUtdoors

Tents. Bugs. Hostels with grungy teen neighbours who aren’t willing to spend money on soap. File that under “things I’m not interested in.” I’m not a “roughing it” kind of girl. Never have been. That doesn’t mean I need to stay in posh accomodations (why you got any?) but it does mean that it would take some real persuasion to get me out into the wild, communing with nature on a 24 hr basis. I’m not a camper (a la tent) but I would do an RV and I love a good s’more. I’ve got mixed feelings about zoos, love safaris and have no interest in sleeping out in an area where racoons or other critters might roam. If it’s cold I’d prefer inside please. (Part of the reason for our round the world trip is to avoid winter altogether if possible.) I also fully support roaring fires. Ish and the boys? That’s another story. This summer they spent a few nights sleeping…wait for it….outside. Yup. Full on tent on the ground. And if given the opportunity they will opt for outside over in, snow play over mug of hot chocolate and walking in the rain over staying warm and…

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